XL Hybrids and Knapheide Manufacturing Complete the Largest Ship-Thru Installation of Hybrid Electric Powertrain Technology on Commercial Fleet Vehicles
XL Hybrids to feature upfitted hybrid van at NTEA Work Truck Show
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--XL Hybrids, Inc., developer of hybrid electric powertrains for commercial vans and trucks, and Knapheide Manufacturing Company, one of the leading commercial vehicle equipment providers in North America, today announced that Knapheide has completed more than 100 installations of XL Hybrids’ XL3 powertrain on fleet vehicles.
“With XL Hybrids’ technology we offer fleet customers a work-ready, fuel-efficient hybrid van that delivers a fast payback.”
“Installing over 100 hybrid electric powertrain components on Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cargo vans in our first five months of production is a great accomplishment,” said Bo Knapheide, senior vice president of distributor and fleet operations. “With XL Hybrids’ technology we offer fleet customers a work-ready, fuel-efficient hybrid van that delivers a fast payback.”
XL Hybrids’ technology, which reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent on urban and suburban routes, has been successfully deployed in the field with some of the largest fleets in North America including Coca-Cola and FedEx.
Designed for seamless integration in four to six hours with the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) powertrain, XL Hybrids’ technology is delivered by Knapheide via the OEM ship-through process, providing a one-stop purchase, upfit, delivery, and invoice experience for commercial fleets. In addition to new MY2014 vehicle upfits, Knapheide installation facilities have also completed hybrid electric retrofits of MY2012 and MY2013 vans.
A hybrid 2014 Chevrolet Express cargo van upfitted with XL Hybrids’ technology by Knapheide will be displayed in the XL Hybrids booth #4181 at the 2014 NTEA Work Truck Show, March 5-7 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
“We are excited to showcase a Knapheide-upfitted hybrid vehicle at The NTEA Work Truck Show,” said Clay Siegert, XL Hybrids co-founder and vice president of supply chain. “This is an opportunity for commercial fleet leaders to see why XL Hybrids was recently recognized as one of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company.”
About XL Hybrids
XL Hybrids produces a hybrid electric powertrain that reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions of commercial vans and trucks by 20 percent on urban and suburban routes for customers such as The Coca-Cola Company and FedEx. The company’s patent-pending hybrid electric powertrain technology, which helps corporate fleets seamlessly lower operating costs and meet sustainability goals, can be installed on new class 1 to 6 commercial fleet vehicles, as well as vehicles that are already on the road. The system works seamlessly in the background with zero impact on fleet operations or service, and no driver training or infrastructure requirements. XL Hybrids was founded by MIT alumni and is based in Boston. For more information, visit www.xlhybrids.com. Follow us on Twitter @XLHybrids.
About Knapheide Manufacturing Company
The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is the nation’s leading manufacturer and provider of commercial vehicle solutions. Products manufactured by Knapheide include: Service Bodies, KUV Bodies, Platform Bodies, Gooseneck Bodies, Dump Bodies, Forestry Bodies, Pick Up Accessories, Van Equipment, Mechanics Trucks, Water Trucks, and Fuel/Lube Trucks. Knapheide’s vast distribution system includes 200+ distributors strategically located throughout North America. For more information on The Knapheide Manufacturing Company, please visit www.knapheide.com.